After 41 years this desire of Srila Prabhupada is getting fulfilled

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Dear BRC supporters and well wishers

Please accept my humble obeisances _/\ò_. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

 You will be glad to know that on April 7th 2013 the BRC and the managing committee (Bhakti Vinod Gosthi) of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s birth place at Dodasa Mandir, Birnagar signed an agreement to allow the BRC to catalogue, scan and preserve all the original works of Bhaktivinoda Thakura. All originals will remain at Dodasa Mandir and copies will be kept at the BRC. read more

Important work

About a week before Gita Jayanti, one devotee in Bombay went out to distribute Srimad Bhagavad Gita.At one place, he knocked the door but no one replied. He did not give up and again knocked the door, still it was unanswered. With firm determination to distribute Bhagavad Gita, he again knocked with a much greater force.

You never know what to expect

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Valtura Prison Camp

The next day, October 11, we went to a prison in Valtura a town nearby  Pula. This place was the open-type where mostly offenders with traffic accidents were held. There were no walls,guards or bars, just a few houses in a farm-like environment.

We were welcomed by one of the officials who arranged the event.He was very interested into India and was impressed with the fact that everyone in the group had visited India. read more

Prison Program (Pula, Croatia)

Prison

On October 10th,ISKCON had it’s first program in Pula Prison. Eight devotees were present.HH Candramauli Swami gave the lecture. A very special person was also with us, Candra Prabhu from the U.S., who is employed in Oregon state jail as a counsellor, and also volunteers as a religious counselor. Mother Saci Mata did the translating, Divya Prabhanda Prabhu played harmonium and lead kirtan, Namacarya Prabhu played mridanga.Organizers of the program and also the karatal players were Nadia Nimai Prabhu and his wife Mother Malati Mala.And me, with the special task of writing a report on the event.

We arrived one hour early,the guards were a bit surprised, but they let us in after after the normal rountine check.Inside we were led into a wide, long hall where the program was to be held. The old jail building dated back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire period.

A couple of the guards escorted us in along with two ladies who were prison workers monitoring rehabilitation and recovery programs.Everyone was friendly, and because we came early we had a lot of time to talk with them about the prison and the inmates. They told us that the jail houses both inmates who were given court sentences, and those who are awaiting trial. Many come back to prison as it has become their home. During the years they spent inside they become unable to live outside.The ladies said there were about 5,300 people in prisons in Croatia (out of the poplulation of 4.5 million). Candra mentioned to them that in the U.S.A. there are 3 million persons in jail out of poplulation of 300 million which is 1% of the entire poplulation. The ladies were a bit shocked with such big numbers and said “well, 3 million inmates, that’s almost the entire population of Croatia!” read more

What is the GBC

GBC Meeting 2012

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), established the Governing Body Commission (GBC) to be the ultimate managing authority for the society. In ISKCON’s Direction of Management written on July 28, 1970, Srila Prabhupada states:

As we have increased our volume of activities, now I think a Governing Body Commission (hereinafter referred to as the GBC) should be established. I am getting old, 75 years old, therefore at any time I may be out of the scene, therefore I think it is necessary to give instruction to my disciples how they shall manage the whole institution. They are already managing individual centers represented by one president, one secretary and one treasurer, and in my opinion they are doing nice. But we want still more improvement in the standard of temple management, propaganda for Krishna consciousness, distribution of books and literatures, opening of new centers and educating devotees to the right standard.

Srila Prabhupada reaffirmed the position of the GBC in his final will drafted in June, 1977: read more

The Hare Krishna movement

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The Hare Krishna movement is the popular name for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).  Founded in 1966 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, ISKCON carries on in the modern world a great ancient tradition rooted in the Bhagavad-Gita , the teachings Lord Krishna spoke five thousand years ago.  The Gita and the other Vedic scriptures declare Krishna to be the original person, God Himself, who appears periodically in this world to liberate all living beings.

Only five hundred years ago, Krishna descended as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to teach the most sublime and effective means of meditation for the present day: the chanting of the names of God, especially as found in the Hare Krishna mantra.

Today, members of ISKCON continue Lord Caitanya’s movement by distributing the teachings of Lord Krishna and the Hare Krishna mantra all over the world. read more